elect

adjective
\i-ˈlekt \

Definition of elect 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : carefully selected : chosen

2 : chosen for salvation through divine mercy

3a : chosen for office or position but not yet installed the president-elect

b : chosen for marriage at some future time the bride-elect

elect

noun
plural elect

Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : one chosen or set apart (as by divine favor)

2 elects plural : a select or exclusive group of people

elect

verb
elected; electing; elects

Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership elected her class president

2 : to make a selection of will elect an academic program

3 : to choose (something, such as a course of action) especially by preference might elect to sell the business

intransitive verb

: to make a selection

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Examples of elect in a Sentence

Adjective

this elect body of students represents the best that the nation's high schools have to offer

Noun

the members of this all-American team are the elect of collegiate football

Verb

He hopes to be elected to the committee. I've elected to study French as my foreign language.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Why not just elect congressional members at-large, statewide? Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Ohio Issue 1 Q&A: congressional redistricting and the ills of gerrymandering - Election preview," 3 May 2018 Both Berlioz and Mahler were visionaries before their time — an elect pantheon to which Morlot adds Charles Ives. Thomas May, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Symphony sets tone for ambitious season with Mahler choral epic," 15 Sep. 2017 Alex Arshinkoff, 62, an Ohio political boss credited with mentoring a generation of young politicians and helping elect presidents, has died. Philly.com, "Alex Arshinkoff | Ohio GOP leader, 62," 30 Aug. 2017 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alex Arshinkoff, a GOP political boss credited with mentoring a generation of young politicians and helping elect presidents, has died. Washington Post, "Arshinkoff, dubbed most effective GOP chairman by Bush, dies," 29 Aug. 2017 Some of the profits from the Kickstarter campaign and Warren's figure sales will go toward Emily's List, a nonprofit organization helping elect pro-choice Democratic women to office. Nancy Coleman, CNN, "Pint-sized persistence: Elizabeth Warren action figure fights the patriarchy from your pocket," 9 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Serie A champions-elect now 'expect' the deal to go through during the post-season break, yet will hold out for Mourinho's men to reach their asking price before sanctioning the deal. SI.com, "Report: Manchester United to Land Juventus Defender Alex Sandro," 13 May 2018 Mark Bartosic, Robert Casey and Ronald Hicks as bishops-elect until their episcopal ordination at Holy Name Cathedral, the seat of the Catholic Church in Cook and Lake counties, on Sept. 17, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Pope Francis taps 3 new auxiliary bishops for Chicago Catholic archdiocese," 3 July 2018 Gunster tweeted a photo of himself with Trump, Farage, and two other men after meeting with the president-elect in Trump Tower four days after the 2016 election. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "Lou Barletta's newest ally against Bob Casey is Nigel Farage, a.k.a. 'Mr. Brexit'," 2 July 2018 While in past years, chairman elections have been contentious and divisive events, delegates unanimously agreed to re-elect Chairman Jonathan Parker to another two-year term. Kimberlee Kruesi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Idaho GOP convention wrestles with immigration, gay marriage," 2 July 2018 But hours later, Ross clarified his report, saying that his source now said Trump had done so not as a candidate, but as president-elect. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Trump continues feud with ABC after 'Roseanne' is canceled," 31 May 2018 The new commercial was paid for by the Republican Governors Association as part of its independent campaign to re-elect Ducey. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "If you think you've seen that Ducey education commercial before, you have," 16 May 2018 Just a few days after the 2016 election, Lesley Stahl sat down with the then president-elect and his family to talk about the campaign, the transition, and the roles his children would play in a Trump administration. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ivanka Trump Explains How Her Role in the White House Went from "Daughter" to "Special Assistant"," 5 Apr. 2017 Voter participation was a robust 63%, so the president-elect certainly has a mandate. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Peso Federales," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chris Hurst, a first-time politician who was elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates last November, worked with Tech for Campaigns beginning several months before Election Day. New York Times, "4,500 Tech Workers, 1 Mission: Get Democrats Elected," 13 July 2018 In each of them, a moderate GOP governor who was elected in 2010 – Rick Snyder, Kasich and Brian Sandoval – opted to expand Medicaid over the opposition of their right flank. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 Since Trump was elected in Nov. 2016, the drug’s price has been raised by over 25 percent through four separate increases. Robert Langreth And Cynthia Koons, BostonGlobe.com, "Many drugmakers ignore Trump — and raise prices anyway," 13 July 2018 Bonilla, who was elected to the commission from a background of fighting out-of-control growth, seems quite capable of leading the charge. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange County spares 'very special place' Tangerine from bad growth," 13 July 2018 Three others were elected in 2007, after receiving 11, 16 and 20 write-in votes, respectively, a spokesman for the county clerk said. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "For years, there's been no financial oversight at the Calumet Park library. Now the state is getting involved.," 13 July 2018 The 44-year-old urban development attorney will serve out the rest of Scott Wiener’s term, who was elected to the state Senate in 2016. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "Rafael Mandelman sworn in as San Francisco’s new District Eight supervisor," 12 July 2018 Trustees unanimously selected Vela last month to finish out the term of Sydney Kamlager-Dove, an African American who was elected to the state Assembly. Teresa Watanabe, latimes.com, "L.A. Community College trustees assailed for seating a Latino man over three African American women," 12 July 2018 While media workers had been optimistic that Suu Kyi’s civilian government, elected in 2015, would enact reforms that included greater freedoms for the press, many have now expressed frustration. Oliver Slow / Yangon, Time, "Judge Rules That Two Reuters Journalists Detained in Myanmar Will Stand Trial," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of elect

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for elect

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin electus, past participle of eligere to select, from e- + legere to choose — more at legend

Verb

Middle English, from Latin electus

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elect

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having been elected : chosen for a public office but not yet holding that office

elect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

: people who belong to a special group and have privileges that other people do not have

elect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

: to select (someone) for a position, job, etc., by voting

: to choose to do (something)

elect

verb
\i-ˈlekt \
elected; electing

Kids Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to select by vote elect a senator

2 : to make a choice The team elected to kick off.

elect

adjective

Kids Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 2)

: chosen for office but not yet holding office the president-elect

Legal Definition of elect 

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership

2 : to make a selection of elected her statutory share over the gift under the will

intransitive verb

: to choose an elective share the right of a spouse to elect against the will

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